Waterhouse Natural Science Prize 2016Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The Waterhouse Natural Science Prize is a treasure in the field of art awards and an annual visitor to the National Archives of Australia where a selection of the finalists is now on show. There’s been a brief twelve month hiatus when the powers that be at the Museum of South Australia decided to simplify the prize categories with two main sections, Open and Emerging Artists. And what an eclectic mix of entries this year.
Thought provoking and diverse the entries take us to issues where the artists can use subtlety, bold and beautiful expressions of an aspect of the natural world and bring to our attention areas we must as a world community be concerned about from the artists’ perspectives That art can do this is beautiful, confronting and inspiring.
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize was instigated in 2002 to honour and commemorate the first curator of the South Australian Museum Frederick George Waterhouse and it continues to inspire the artists who today have a plethora of scientific information in the international environmental debate to disseminate. It has an international impact too with entries over the years from 30 different countries.
Emilie Patteson’s ‘Turning of the tides ‘ is of blown, hot sculpted and assembled glass with dried seaweed that appears to be of containers filled with a viscous material to let the organic material float so to hear that it’s all glass was to gaze at a perfect preservation of good old dried seaweed and marvel at the creation.
Julia deVille’s ‘Neopolitan bonbonaparte’ has three chicks, coloured in the three shades of a Neopolitan ice cream with chick chocolate, chick vanilla and chick strawberry sitting in a beautiful antique silver spoon. Once such a chic ice cream I’ll never eat it again!
Ulan Murray’s ‘Abor sole’is akin to a metal Bonsai plant with the above ground perfection and the long tendrils of roots underground, but with recycled copper and steel used to create it becomes a sculptural piece of delicate beauty.
An exhibition to enjoy visually, to understand by reading the accompanying notes and be amazed at the extensive variety of media used by these talented artists.